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From Latin sacrārium.


sacrarium (plural sacraria)

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  1. (historical) In Ancient Rome, a place where sacred objects were kept, either in a temple (the adytum) or in a house (holding the penates)
  2. The area surrounding the altar of a Christian church; the sanctuary or piscina. Sometimes specifically a drain directly to the earth, perhaps including reference to a basin, for washing vessels from consecration.
    • 1886, Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Chapter 2,[1]
      The hay-trusser deposited his basket by the font, went up the nave till he reached the altar-rails, and opening the gate entered the sacrarium, where he seemed to feel a sense of the strangeness for a moment; then he knelt upon the footpace.
    • 2016, Martin Pousson, Black Sheep Boy, Los Angeles: Rare Bird Books, Part I, “Wanted Man,”
      The bathroom looked like a radiant sacristy, the sink a piscine, the drain a sacrarium.
  3. (anatomy) The complex sacrum of any bird.



  • OED 2nd edition 1989



From sacer (sacred, holy) +‎ -ārium.



sacrārium n (genitive sacrāriī or sacrārī); second declension

  1. A place where sacred objects are kept; sacrarium, sacristy, sanctuary, shrine.


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative sacrārium sacrāria
Genitive sacrāriī
Dative sacrāriō sacrāriīs
Accusative sacrārium sacrāria
Ablative sacrāriō sacrāriīs
Vocative sacrārium sacrāria

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).

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  • sacrarium”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • sacrarium”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sacrarium in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • sacrarium”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sacrarium in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • sacrarium”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin